of achieving the maximum amount of
freedom for individuals
that is consistent with the maintenance of
the social order.”
That’s what Barry Goldwater said in his book The Conscience of a Conservative. Today, I happened upon a copy of it, which was first published in 1960.
As is typical of modern liberalism, this edition wouldn’t be complete without an afterword by a leftist. In this case, it is RFK Jr. who is awarded the job of praising Goldwater while also smearing the modern conservative movement. It is standard practice, the standard talking points that conservatives today are so mean-spirited and whatnot.
It is unfortunate that America did not have the opportunity to witness Goldwater and JFK engage in a series of Lincoln-Douglas style debates during the 1964 presidential campaign. Instead, we were stuck with LBJ and his campaign’s character assassination of Goldwater as a dangerous crazy man who threatened to unleash a nuclear war, likely leading to World War III.
“Get it right
or let it alone.
The conclusion you jump to
may be your own.”
— James Thurber in Further Fables for Our Time (1956)
A reporter with The Wall Street Journal writes about a study on death rates by researchers at Princeton. I will be delving deep into this when I have a few minutes to read and analyze.
The Japanese countryside.
My favorite tweet of the day comes from North Korea, the DPRK News Service, the “official” news feed of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.
Please don’t be a parody account. Please, be real. Please tell me that Kim Jong-un loves to tweet as much as Donald Trump.
Doesn’t get much better than this. Gonna have to pay more attention to this Twitter account.
Storyteller and ‘leprechaun expert’ Hal Pratt entertains the audience with tales of little people during the Leprechaun Lore event Saturday, March 18 at the Dietrich Theater.
TUNKHANNOCK — An indistinguishable flash of green from behind a tree.
The mysterious “tap, tap, tap” of a hammer off in the distance.
A tiny tobacco pipe left behind under a thorn bush.
These are all signs that leprechauns may be nearby, according to Storyteller Hal Pratt, who shared his expertise with a captive audience of young and old alike Saturday, March 18 at the Dietrich Theater. During the presentation, titled “Leprechaun Lore,” Pratt used stories, music and more to reveal what the little people look like, how and where to find them, how to catch them and how to keep from being outsmarted by one.
He left the question of leprechauns’ existence up to the audience members, but pointed out those who do not believe will certainly never catch one or get his gold.
And speaking of gold, there was a piece of chocolate shaped like a golden coin for each audience member at the close of the event.
One youngster, in anticipation of the candy, exclaimed, “Now, this is true treasure.”
Last night I watched this film. Directed by an immensely talented man named Carol Reed, it was released the year my parents were born, 1947.
The Case of the Missing Mendel Manuscript
Ever since learning about my own DNA, I have become fascinated with genetics, particularly the human kind. That fascination extends to Gregor Mendel, an Austrian monk who lived in the 19th century. He discovered the basic principles of heredity through experiments in his garden using plants such as peas.
I first posted this on my experimental blog at webs.com. Why? Because the wifi at the local Whole Foods would not let me publish it at WordPress for some reason.
First as the auditor for the county
& then the city where he lived
He first ran for office in 1946, I think. At the age of 16 he was working in a bank with his older brother Herman. During the Great Depression, he worked for the Works Progress Administration, the WPA, despite being a Republican.
Those Who Bake Are an Enemy of the State!
Authorities in Venezuela, homeland of the late Hugo Chavez, have been rounding up bakers, as in those who make tasty goodies in ovens, for making too much food and not following whatever stupid rules the bureaucrats have dictated.
From Gavin McInnes to Steve Bannon, conservatives have been accused of being “Alt-Right” and connected with white supremacists.
Of course, some of this is self-inflicted, particularly with Gavin, who has been commentating during and after a recent trip to Israel. Despite some sloppy commentary, Gavin is obviously not a rabid Jew-hating Nazi or anything close to that.
Bannon has been accused of liking a French intellectual who was a collaborator with the Vichy government during the Nazi occupation of France. He is sheltered within the White House and, when he’s not, protected by a security detail. So, though he can not put his foot into his mouth, he also does not have the ready opportunity to respond to the vicious, libelous attacks on him.
I wouldn’t be surprised if Brit BBC favorite Stephen Fry is targeted for being a big fan of Richard Wagner, who penned an anti-semitic essay and was venerated by Hitler. Fry even made a documentary about it.